Transition Academy’s special education students are currently working as paid interns for the very first time

By student reporter Priyanka Phaniraj

Germantown, Tennessee—November 13, 2020--
Scott McCormick, Frank Monteleone, Vikram Rao, and Fernando Cardenal are the four diligent students working towards an occupational diploma through the transition academy. Where they participate in work-based learning, students are able to gain a clearer understanding of the work experiences along with the finances and responsibilities that come with it. 
In the cafeterias of Farmington Elementary and Forest Hill Elementary, the four interns are required to pre-package food for breakfast and lunch, deliver meals to claspaid-internses, and assist students in the cafeteria along with many other tasks! Students work every day on Mondays through Fridays from 11am to 1pm as this is their first paid employment!
            To begin, the program implemented unpaid internships at various businesses such as Baptists Women’s Hospital and Huey’s. Currently, apart from these outside resources, students have been given the opportunity to work throughout the Germantown community to further expand their employment knowledge and experience despite the circumstances that COVID-19 has brought upon them. 
         The ultimate goal for these special students is to eventually gain and utilize a set of employable skills, mainly directed at soft skills. These include communication, self-motivation, time management, interpersonal/ listening skills, and numerous others. The transition academy focuses on building the students to their full potential and to be the most independent self they can become in the four years of Houston High School, ensuring post-secondary success. 
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